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80,000 Covid deaths in UK as scientists call for stricter lockdown – BBC News


Date: 2021-01-09 22:17:46

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Ten months into the coronavirus pandemic, the UK has passed another grim milestone, with the number of people dying within 28 days of a positive Covid19 test now more than 80,000.

Scientists advising the government have warned of the need for even stricter lockdown measures, because the new variant of the virus is so infectious.

Buckingham Palace has said that the Queen and Prince Philip have been vaccinated as the programme continues to protect the elderly and vulnerable.

As the government considers even tighter lockdown measures, Derbyshire police have said they are reviewing a decision to issue to issue £200 fines for breach of lockdown rules to two women who drove five miles for a walk.

Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting by health correspondent Katharine Da Costa, Jon Donnison and political correspondent Iain Watson.

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